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Hacking our senses to boost learning power

Some schools are pumping music, noises and fragrances into the classroom to see if it improves exam results – could it work?<p>What did your school smell like? Was it noisy or peaceful?<p>It might not seem important, but a growing body of research suggests that smells and sounds can have an impact on …

The Brain

A Trace of Memory: Researchers Watch Neurons in the Brain During Learning and Memory Recall

<b>A team of neurobiologists led by Simon Rumpel at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna succeeded in tracking single neurons</b> …

Neuro-enhancement in the military: far-fetched or an inevitable future?

As the science of brain stimulation forges ahead, neuroscientists and psychologists face tough ethical decisions<p>About five years ago, not long after I started up my research group at Cardiff University, something rather strange happened. One morning I came down to my lab to find the door wide open …

Sleep Learning May Be Possible: Study

Sleep is already known to boost our brains' ability to learn and remember -- and now, a new study actually <i>demonstrates</i> this ability.<p>Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science played a number of tones to study participants as they slept during the night. After playing each tone, the …

Sleep 'cleans' the brain of toxins

<b>The brain uses sleep to wash away the waste toxins built up during a hard day's thinking, researchers have shown.</b><p>The US team believe the "waste removal system" is one of the fundamental reasons for sleep.<p>Their study, in the journal Science, showed brain cells shrink during sleep to open up the gaps …

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There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

Mathematics

Neuroscientists discover new 'mini-neural computer' in the brain

I was under the impression the pyramidal tracts were a housing development outside Cairo.<br>http://www.youtub...A64rQbw4<p>"...GnRH neurons elaborate a …

We've Gotten The Pursuit Of Happiness All Wrong, Until Now

Aside from basic survival, the pursuit of happiness is arguably one of the most fundamental concerns of every human being on the planet (not to mention a driving force behind the $10 billion-a-year self-help industry). But according to Cornell cognitive psychologist Shimon Edelman, we’ve been going …

How To Wire Your Brain For Happiness

The secret to lasting happiness might be neatly summed up in a cheesy neuroscience joke: "The neurons that fire together, wire together."<p>"It’s a classic saying, and it’s widely accepted because it’s very true," neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science Of …

Rewiring the Brain to Treat OCD

Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz got a phone call at 3 p.m., a script before 5 p.m. and the next afternoon he was there, sitting with Leonardo DiCaprio, …

Memory loss and memories found in ageing brains

As we grow older, our early life comes sharply into focus <i>(Image: Philippe Lopparelli/Tendance Floue)</i><p><i>The thought of losing our memory is a</i> …

The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math'

Basic ability in the subject isn't the product of good genes, but hard work.<p>“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, …

Sleep Helps Brain Learn Visual Tasks

Falling asleep during a class may not necessarily be a bad deal, a student may argue, as new research details the method by which the brain uses …

Your brain sees things you don't

A study indicates that our brains perceive objects in everyday life of which we may never be aware. The finding challenges currently accepted models …

Scientists grow miniature human brain in a lab

'Cerebral organoids' model development of the mind in human embryo<p>Scientists have long been taunted by the human brain. After all, the very organ that gives us knowledge remains largely unmastered — something President Obama has set to rectify, in part, with an ambitious effort to map the brain. An …

Could arthritis drug combat Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's affects 35 million people worldwide and billions have been spent on research – to little avail. But an unconventional approach based on a 30-year-old evolutionary theory might provide a way forward<p>At the beginning of next year, Clive Holmes will attempt to do something remarkable. But …

Study suggests we're all susceptible to false memories

Researchers from UC Irvine have found that people with extraordinarily accurate memory are as vulnerable to the inception of fake memories as others, indicating that perhaps nobody is protected from memory distortion. The study, published last month in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of …

Brain training works, but there's a catch - Futurity

Brain training exercises, games, software, and apps do work, according to new research—but there's a catch.

Unlocking the hidden secrets inside our brains

Why the coming years will witness exciting new discoveries about our brains – from creating better tools to probe the mind deeper to creating smart nanobots.<p>The human brain is the most complex part of our body. The 1.4kg mass of one hundred billion neurons has a mind boggling potential to control …

The Brain

Birth Of Memory: Why Kids Forget What Happened Before Age 7

Recently, my nearly-4-year-old niece suffered the kind of childhood accident every parent dreads: she fell off her bike and broke a front tooth high above the gum line. The resulting pain and eventual extraction were a harrowing experience for her parents, but fortunately the little girl emerged …

Parenting

How to learn like a memory champion

Companies are creating learning aids that tap the science of memories, says David Robson. Do they work in the classroom?<p>For most of his 20s, Ed Cooke had been hovering around the top 10 of the World Memory Championships. His achievements included memorising 2,265 binary digits in 30 minutes and the …

Education Technology

Forgetting Is An Actively Controlled Process In The Brain

A study of genetically-modified roundworms has turned up a protein that is involved in eroding memory.<p>When it comes to maintaining sanity, forgetting is at least as important as remembering. Without it, the constant stream of stimuli--faces on the street, words read, items glanced at--would quickly …

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